Road to Hana
The Road to Hana is a must-do road trip on Maui. Known for it’s winding curves, cliffsides, and spectacular views, the 64.4-mile Hana Highway connects Kahului to the town of Hana in east Maui. You’ll see sprawling ocean vistas, waterfalls, pools, and more along the route, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Our Road to Hana Maui Guide
The Road to Hana takes about 5 hours in one direction, but it all depends on how many stops you make and how long you stay at each destination. When planning your itinerary for the Road to Hana, consider these tips for making the most out of each moment.
Have a Road to Hana Map
Cell phone service is not reliable along the Road to Hana. Make your map available offline or just pick up a paper map to have on the ride.
Hit the Road Early
The Road to Hana is one of the most popular destinations for travelers, so the earlier you get on the road the fewer crowds you’ll run into. Hit the road right as the sun rises for the most open roads and best opportunities to see all of the top attractions.
Bring Snacks and Beverages
While there are a couple of spots to stop along the route, they are few and far between. It’s best to prepare with snacks and beverages so you don’t have to stop unless you absolutely need to. A few places that you can stop for food along the route include Nahiku Marketplace, Halfway to Hana, Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread, Nahiku Gallery and Coffee Shop.
Plan Your Stops Ahead of Time
When you get on the road, you may be tempted to make every stop. While the entire route boasts beautiful scenery, some spots are a bit more special than others. Do your research ahead of time to be sure that you can have ample time at each destination without rushing or missing anything you truly want to see.
Must-Visit Stops Along Road to Hana
Because there are so many stops along the Road to Hana, stopping at all of them isn’t feasible for a day trip.
Garden of Eden - Mile Marker 10
The Garden of Eden is most known for its appearance in the opening scene of “Jurrasic Park.” This arboretum and botanical garden features perfectly manicured grounds on 26 acres along the coast. Admission cost $15 and the Garden of Eden is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily.
Keanae Peninsula - Mile Marker 16
The Keanae Peninsula was created from lava flow originating from the Haleakala Crater, and today features an old Hawaiian village and 1856 church. There’s no swimming or other aquatic activities here, but it offers great sights and photo opportunities.
Upper Waikani Falls - Mile Marker 19
Also known as Three Bears, the Upper Waikani Falls is one of the most popular spots along the Road to Hana. It’s easy to get to right off the road to Hana, but it’s a bit of a trek to actually get to the water. You can take some great photos from the road, or if you feel comfortable, you can hike down to the pools and take a dip.
Wai’anapanapa State Park - Mile Marker 32
Wai’anapanapa State Park is a 122-acre park with a rugged shoreline and black sand beaches. Depending on the conditions, the park can get a bit crowded. If the ocean is calm, oftentimes visitors will linger at the beach, however, conditions are more often too rough for swimming or surfing.
Wailua Falls - Mile Marker 45
Wailua Falls is a 173-foot waterfall that is easily accessible and one of the most popular waterfalls on the island. You can catch a great view of the falls right from the parking lot, or take a short walk to the water. If you’re here at just the right time of day, you may even see a rainbow cast over the pool.
Hamoa Beach - Mile Marker 50
Hamoa Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on Maui. This beach features black volcanic rock and pristine white sand. As an added bonus, Hamoa Beach has facilities including a restroom, picnic area, and a foot washing station at the base of the paved path that leads to the parking area.
Plan Your West Maui Vacation
Maui is home to an abundance of hidden, beautiful gems. Whether you’re chasing waterfalls, rainforests, or beaches, you’ll always have something else to explore on Maui. Start planning your vacation and book your Maui vacation rental today.